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2nd - 3rd Grade Teachers

ms. Fender (2nd)

  Lucianna Fender Teacher

My name is Lucianna Fender. This will be my 24th year teaching at LAUSD and my first year at Eshelman Avenue Elementary. I am excited and honored to be part of the Eshelman team. I cannot wait to meet all my students and parents in this wonderful community.

I have a B.A. from University of California, Riverside and a teaching credential from the District Intern program at LAUSD. I am fluent in Spanish and have a BCLAD certification.

I love teaching and believe in the whole child approach, teaching not just academic skills, but social and emotional skills as well. In our classroom we will practice positive thinking, being polite and kind, showing gratitude, and following a Growth Mindset Philosophy.

I look forward to an amazing year!


Mr. Chung (2nd)

  Kenny Chung Teacher

The 2020-21 school year marks my twenty-sixth year teaching; twenty-five at Eshelman Avenue. I have taught the following grades: kindergarten, third, fourth, and fifth. I prefer fifth grade since that is the final grade of transition before middle school, it’s often our last chance to reach the students. Every student can be an accomplished learner.


I hold a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Southern California and a Masters of Education from Pepperdine University.


“Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.”- Bruce Lee

Ms. durslag (3rd)

  Jodi Durslag Teacher

For 20 years I have called Eshelman Elementary my home.  I began my journey here as a student teacher, and funny enough, currently teach in that same 3.  I graduated from University of the Pacific located in Stockton, California with a Bachelor‘s degree in Mass Communications Journalism. I received Master’s Degree in Multicultural Education from California State University, Dominguez Hills.  I have always loved teaching at Eshelman and that is why I never left. It is a marvelous and enriching environment to be a part of.

Ms. malone (2nd)

  Dayna Malone Teacher

I graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a B.A. in Psychology. I am starting my 36th year of teaching.  I have spent the last 22 years at Eshelman. 

I love teaching.  There is no greater thrill than watching my students grow as students and people.  My goal is to give students a solid foundation in a safe and nurturing environment.  I want to inspire them to love learning as much as I do.  I have high expectations of my students.  I want to watch them blossom by learning from others and from their own mistakes.  My goal is to see how much they learned through sharing their ideas in print and verbally.

ms. lininger (3rd)

  Michele Lininger Teacher

ms. butler (3rd)

  Dionne Butler Teacher

Greetings! The 2020-2021 school year marks my 22nd year of teaching, all of which have been right here at Eshelman Avenue. During my time at Eshelman, I've taught Kindergarten through 3rd grade. I am a firm believer in "the teacher next door", so many of you have probably seen me walking my dog Sherman around Lomita. 

I graduated from Vassar College with a B.A. in Urban Studies and went straight to law school at Georgetown University Law Center in my hometown Washington, D.C. After earning my Juris Doctor, I realized that my heart belonged to teaching. So I left the profession to pursue a Masters of Arts in Teaching at Howard University where I was then recruited by LAUSD in 2000. 

My goal as an educator is to provide a balanced and structured foundation for students to succeed academically and socially. I aim to help my students develop a growth mindset and sense of community while meeting their academic goals and objectives.